Urban Prairie Waldorf School
"All understanding
begins with wonder."
Goethe

Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Grade 6 Class Teacher

Urban Prairie Waldorf School seeks a class teacher to join our middle school faculty for the 2020/21 school year as the class teacher for our rising Grade 6. We seek a dynamic candidate who may be interested in working as part of a collaborative team of middle school class teachers. At Urban Prairie, the middle school class teachers have piloted block sharing among grades 6,7, & 8 for the past two years with positive results. Come join the dynamic innovation!

We are a forward thinking Waldorf school supported by an involved community and a highly inspired and energetic faculty and administration. Urban Prairie seeks teachers who are passionate, committed to facilitating an exemplary, innovative Waldorf education, and willing to work collaboratively both in and out of the classroom. Our work environment is invigorating and transformative. We believe in investing in our employees and offer a competitive salary structure, medical benefits, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401K benefits, and annual professional development.

Our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade and includes Eurythmy, Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, music, orchestra, movement, woodwork, and other practical arts. In 2018-19 we moved into our new campus — a 50,000 square foot building that includes 23 classrooms, a gym, science lab, kitchen, cafeteria, and a large outdoor space. Urban Prairie is committed to stewarding our land with health and gratitude, and the master plan for our indoor and outdoor space is well underway, allowing our faculty and community to dream into our new home.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Enthusiasm for facilitating a Waldorf education that is relevant to the 21st century urban child and nurtures societal and ecological responsibility
  • Commitment to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community, and bringing a culturally responsive education
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.
  • Flexibility and a growth mindset
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth
  • Strong verbal and written personal communication skills
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in education is preferred

Waldorf teacher training certification underway or a commitment to beginning within first year of employment at Urban Prairie

Urban Prairie does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, or physical ability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance programs, and other school-administered programs.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org.


Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Now in our 10th anniversary year, UPWS seeks a strong and charismatic leader to lead our faculty as we transition from our pioneering stage into the next phase of development. We seek an innovative thinker who is disciplined in both thought and action, is both collaborative and decisive, and will bring form and direction to our pedagogical goals and priorities. The school is currently in the first year of a new governance structure, and the DoCI position is core to our leadership team, which also includes a Director of Administration and Faculty Level Chairs.

UPWS offers a solid compensation package, including a competitive salary structure, medical, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401K benefits, and annual professional development.

About the School
Founded in 2009, our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade and offers Spanish, Mandarin, orchestra, movement, educational support/extra lesson, and folk arts. During our first 10 years, our innovative start-up culture attracted a highly inspired, enthusiastic, and energetic faculty who are committed to a dynamic and forward-thinking approach to Waldorf education. Significant pedagogical initiatives at UPWS have included will-based education, expeditionary learning, Three Streams of Social Support, and bringing a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to the curriculum. We have an involved community of parents and new alumni. Our dedicated administration is expanding to support our school.

In 2018-19, we moved into our new campus — a 50,000 square foot building that includes 23 classrooms, a gym, science lab, kitchen, assembly hall, and a large outdoor space. Urban Prairie is committed to stewarding our land with health and gratitude, and our campus Master Plan is in its beginning stages, allowing our faculty and community to dream into our new home.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction
The Director of Curriculum and Instruction leads from a 10,000-foot view of the entire curriculum and student body, provides efficient, effective pedagogical decision-making, and engages with parents/guardians regarding pedagogical issues. The DoCI is the “ego” who holds pedagogical decision-making, so that faculty has equity and freedom to collaborate and create a dynamic curriculum.

Responsibilities

  • Works collaboratively with the faculty, administration, and the Board to support the mission and vision of the school.
  • Holds and advances the strategic vision of the pedagogical arm of the school, including creating annual pedagogical/programmatic plans
  • Has a strong relationship with anthroposophy, which informs the pedagogical “big picture”.
  • Oversees curriculum development and curricular standards, including managing “Scope and Sequence” of curriculum.
  • Actively recruits dynamic and diverse faculty; makes faculty hiring and firing decisions; coordinates support, assessment, and mentorship of faculty; and oversees HR policies with regard to faculty.
  • Ensures the faculty upholds integrity in serving the children and follows Waldorf methodology and any UPWS specific agreements and protocols.
  • Works with the faculty to deepen knowledge and understanding of anthroposophy, pedagogy, curriculum, and child development.
  • Oversees faculty leadership.
  • Mediates/facilitates parent-teacher and teacher-teacher relations where necessary.
  • Has a widely visible presence throughout the school.
  • Is available to answer questions and concerns about the curriculum from parents and the greater community.
  • Represents the school to the parent body and public.
  • Serves as a voting member of the Board of Trustees, attends monthly meetings, serves on strategic initiatives as needed.
  • May teach in the classroom on a limited basis.

Candidate Qualities and Capacities

  • Strong communicator
  • Solid leadership and human resources capacities (hiring, mentoring, assessing)
  • Full of energy and enjoys working hard
  • Open-minded, patient, and relates well to all kinds of people
  • Forward thinking, strategic, and able to learn and adapt to successes and failures to strengthen our organization
  • Enthusiastic for delivering a Waldorf education that is relevant to the 21st century child and develops social and environmental stewardship
  • Committed to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community, and able to foster a teaching culture that brings this as part of our students’ education
  • Able to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.
  • Flexible, with a growth mindset
  • Committed to personal and professional growth

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in liberal arts or education, and Waldorf teaching certification
  • Minimum of 8 years teaching experience, ideally from EC through the grades
  • Minimum of 5 years of proven leadership experience to include experience facilitating human resources processes
  • Ability to lead a faculty leadership body, preferably with previous experience on a College or a similar body, including demonstrated leadership
  • Experience researching and building new and innovative curriculum as well as the standard Waldorf academic curriculum
  • Demonstrated track record of excellent verbal and written personal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel and/or Google G-Suite, comfortable using email, and able to learn the school’s database and other software systems

Starting salary is competitive and takes into consideration years of experience. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.


Aftercare Teacher

Urban Prairie Waldorf School, a grade school serving pre-kindergarten – eighth grade students,  located on the near west side of Chicago is seeking an Aftercare Teacher.

Urban Prairie seeks a aftercare teacher for grades Early Childhood – 8th grade. The teacher will be expected to:

  • gather students at dismissal;
  • escort students outside;
  • monitor and encourage positive play outside;
  • lead games or activities; and
  • bring students inside for a school-provided snack and indoor playtime.
  • Assist at reception desk and greet parents.

 

We are looking for an individual who possesses the following skills:

  • Prior experience working with elementary-aged children;
  • Effective communication with parents
  • Planning structured, grade appropriate outdoor/ indoor activities
  • Working as a team with other UPWS aftercare teachers
  • Discipling/redirecting children into positive play and behavior
  • Keeping all children in a calm and content state of mind
  • Timeliness

We are looking for a charismatic, self-starting individual for this role. Approximately 15 hours per week, work hours range from 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. Starting compensation is competitive and takes into consideration years of experience. Applicants should send a letter of interest relevant to the position, resume, and three references to gyasi.kress@urbanprairie.org. 

Urban Prairie Waldorf School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Eurythmy Teacher - Part Time

Urban Prairie Waldorf School seeks a part time Eurythmy Teacher to teach Eurythmy to Grades 1 – 8 in  blocks. 

During our first 10 years, our innovative start-up culture attracted a highly inspired, enthusiastic, and energetic faculty who are committed to a dynamic and forward-thinking approach to Waldorf education. We have an involved community of parents and new alumni, and a supportive and highly dedicated administration. 

UPWS believes in investing heavily in our employees and offers a strong compensation package, including a competitive salary structure, medical, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401K benefits, and annual professional development.

About the School

Founded in 2009, our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade and promotes a rich curriculum such as Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, chorus, orchestra, movement, educational support/extra lesson, and woodwork and other practical arts. Significant recent pedagogical initiatives at UPWS have included will-based education, expeditionary learning, Kim John Payne’s Three Streams of Social Support, social inclusion/SEED, and a collaboratively taught middle school program that engages the student in knowing themselves for high school and life preparedness. 

After an extensive search, we purchased a new home for our school in 2018.  In 2018-19, we moved into our new campus — a 50,000 square foot building that includes 23 classrooms, a gymnasium, science lab, kitchen space, and a large outdoor space. Urban Prairie is committed to stewarding our land with health and gratitude. Our Master Plan is in its beginning stages, allowing our faculty and community to dream into our new home.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions:

  • Deliver age-appropriate Eurythmy curriculum
  • Block and lesson planning in subject aligned with Waldorf curriculum by grade and subject. 
  • Understanding of childhood development to be used in lesson planning and classroom management
  • Appropriate and effective classroom management including use of the school’s Three Stream discipline and support process and tools
  • Ensure student safety in accordance with school policy and procedure
  • Communicate and work with parents in accordance with UPWS guidelines in parent and employee handbooks
  • Write student mid-year, block and year end reports in accordance with grade level and UPWS standards
  •  Maintain a clean and organized classroom and workspace
  • Participate in assigned committee work
  • Participate in the school’s mentoring and evaluation programs / processes
  •  Participate in all school and classroom events
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment in managing classroom supply budget and field trip budget
  • Adhere to employee expectations and Communication Guidelines

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS 

Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of Eurythmy. 
  • Enthusiasm for delivering a Waldorf education that is relevant to the 21st century  child and develops social responsibility
  • Have a relationship and commitment to working with Anthroposophy
  • Commitment to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community, and bringing this as part of our students’ education.  
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.
  • Flexibility and a growth mindset.
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

 SKILLS & ABILITIES

Education:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred not required
  • Waldorf Teacher Training certification underway or a commitment to beginning within first year of employment at Urban Prairie and complete within 3 years of initial start date or other agreed upon date. Note: Subject-specific Waldorf training is acceptable, such as Spacial Dynamics.

Experience:  

  • A minimum of three – five years of experience in education and teaching Eurythmy is preferred  

Computer Skills:

  • E-mail used on a daily basis
  • Knowledge of Microsoft word and excel, Google documents, Dropbox, and Trello

Nondiscrimination statement Urban Prairie Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational program, admission policies or financial aid policies. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. 


Substitute Teachers (General)

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is expanding our full-day substitute teacher list. We invite experienced teachers, advanced M.Ed. students, and Waldorf teacher training students to apply for this wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a Waldorf classroom. We will hold an observation and training day in early March to familiarize substitute teachers with Waldorf methods. Lesson and classroom guidelines will be provided for each grade.

To join the list, please send a note of introduction and a summary of your qualifications here ».